Praise for Nine Simple Patterns for Complicated Women:

Funny, bold, and somewhat rueful, Rechner is a plucky, mischievous writer.

— Brad Kessler, author of Birds in Fall

Mary Rechner’s astounding, perfectly wrought stories of what it means to be a modern woman are witty, provocative, and honest enough to make you gasp. She’s the Mary Gaitskill of motherhood.

— Karen Karbo, author of The Gospel According to Coco Chanel

With an agile style and arresting prose, Mary Rechner introduces us to complicated women, indeed. Whether mothers, daughters, or friends, the protagonists in her stories are wholly rendered and vibrantly real. Rechner writes with startling acuity, delving into singular lives with the full-hearted knowledge that to love means to be besieged, to love means to suffer, but that, in the end, to love is the only way to truly be alive.

— Debra Gwartney, author of Live Through This

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